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Tackling corruption in the land sector essentially implies improving its governance.

Land governance and anti-corruption now feature in the agenda of multilateral organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, World Bank and UN-HABITAT.

With the Constitution of Kenya and the enacted land laws, it follows that the current legislation on land laws is commendable, although implementation of the laws remains a challenge.

Promoting good governance in the land sector should be a continuous process that demands political will and engagement from all stakeholders for effective adoption and implementation of sweeping reforms. Citizens, civil society organisations, and the media need to work with government officials and the private sector to find solutions that address each context.

Respect for these systems, however, is dependent on strong and effective oversight institutions - such as parliamentary committees, the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission and law enforcement bodies.

Citizens also need to be empowered to access information so as to consistently track whether their proposals are faithfully represented in public policy processes and service provision. Effective citizen participation will undoubtedly play a big role in addressing poor governance and corruption within the land sector.

By Francis Kairu and Mary Maneno

Francis Kairu is the Programme Officer, ALAC Mombasa. Mary Maneno is the Deputy Programme Officer  ALAC Mombasa.

Kenya has been plagued by frequent problems concerning land. These problems range from huge tracts of land held by foreigners on land that local communities lay a claim to as ancestral or communal land or absentee landlords, numerous squatters, unregistered land and land grabbing cases.

Residents of Giriftu, Wajir County are receiving better services from the Hunger Safety Net Programme following the 'Uwajibikaji Pamoja' initiative.

The second phase of the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) targeting 19,200 beneficiaries was rolled out in Wajir County in August 2014 by the National Drought Management Authority.

Since the roll out, there were complaints related to the programme with the community members feeling that they were being taken for granted by the implementing organisations.

This report outlines Transparency International Kenya’s achievements for the period between October 2013 and September 2014, the second year of implementation of The Concept of Action - our strategic plan for the period 2012-2017. It highlights key results and progress recorded in the three programmatic priorities set out in the strategic plan, namely:

  • Strengthened governance in targeted institutions
  • An effective legislative and policy environment
  • Citizens with capacity to fight corruption and associated vices.

Grab a copy of the report here for more information

On 26th March 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta submitted to Parliament, a report by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) containing the names of 175 prominent Kenyans including state and public officers currently being investigated on various allegations of corruption.

Consequently, a number of public officials ‘stepped aside’ from office pending the conclusion of investigations within a presidential imposed deadline of 60 days. The 60 days are up and investigation on most the files have not been completed.

Join us as we press for these cases to be investigated and for prosecution of public officers found culpable of corruption and economic crimes. 


Nairobi, Kenya – 4th April, 2015: The suspension of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Chair Mumo Matemu and Vice Chair Irene Keino threatens current anti-corruption efforts if measures are not urgently put in place to ensure ongoing investigation are concluded within the current legal framework.

Nairobi, Kenya – 4th April, 2015 - A majority of Kenyans say corruption has increased over the past year and the government has performed poorly in fighting it, the latest Afrobarometer survey indicates.
The police, government officials, members of Parliament, and business executives are most widely perceived as corrupt.


Nairobi, Kenya – 31st March, 2015: Kenya’s leadership and integrity laws are not being implemented as anticipated almost five years after promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

This is according to a new study conducted by civil society organisations under the Parliamentary Initiatives Network (PIN) umbrella.

In the latest issue of our newsletter 'Adili', we delve into the topic of whistleblowers and what role whistleblowers play in the fight against corruption.

We also have stories on the work that Transparency International Kenya is doing in communities across Kenya to eliminate corruption and entrench good governance. 

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